BA (Hons) Education and Learning

Teaching, learning and schooling shape lives. But how do we learn? Why are our experiences of education so varied? How do we promote equality in education and training? This BA (Hons) Education and Learning course gives you an exciting opportunity to explore these and other vital education issues in depth.

Education and Learning

Key information


BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



3 years


University of Bolton

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Course Details

The BA (Hons) Education and Learning is a fascinating degree at the University of Bolton, giving you the chance to study a balanced combination of current educational policy and the history, sociology, philosophy and psychology of education. It’s a great opportunity to explore in-depth some of the key current issues affecting education in the UK and abroad.

Key themes on this course include critical and reflective thinking, equality and diversity. By thinking about how we learn consciously and subconsciously, we’ll guide you in an exploration of how formal learning, alongside acquired knowledge, shapes our lives, interests and value structures.

We also encourage you to research and analyse a range of educational practices and reflect on your own and others’ experiences of education. This will help you think critically about learning and teaching, and how education is perceived and received.

On completing this course successfully, you'll be well prepared for related postgraduate studies. Although the course doesn’t lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll have first-hand experience in schools or other educational establishments to support your application for teacher training.

  • Our Education courses are ranked first in the UK for student experience and seventh in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, so you can be assured that we offer high standards of tuition and pastoral care.
  • Also, our Education courses are top in the UK for course and feedback satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • Small class sizes mean a more keenly focused attention on your learning needs and strategies for success.
  • You’ll be studying at a university known for its friendly atmosphere and get to study alongside students from a variety of backgrounds, each with an individual and unique perspective on education.
  • Our professional and approachable tutors will guide and support you throughout your course, offering attentive one-to-one support.
Key Features
  • The programme is designed to help you gain some of the required knowledge and experience required for direct entry to Primary Teacher Training courses (QTS) or for entry-level employment.
  • You’ll have the chance to take on a systematic and reflective study of education that’s illustrated and informed by the diversity of teaching and learning approaches in different sub-sectors of education.
  • You’ll be able to take at least one placement opportunity in an educational setting, where you’ll observe learning and teaching in progress, and talk to teachers and students about their roles and experiences.
  • Our teaching draws on your own experiences of learning as a starting point for understanding the formal educational process. This means contributing to research and discussion through critical reflection on your own education, and by listening to others’ experiences.

  • 112 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. If you didn’t study GCSEs, or don’t have the required grade in English or Mathematics, please contact us for details of other acceptable qualifications.
  • Please note that if you’re intending to progress on to an initial teacher education qualification (PGCE) in Primary teaching after completing this degree, you’ll need GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 in English Language, Mathematics and Science. If you don’t have these qualifications on entry to the BA (Hons) Education and Learning, you’ll need to achieve these qualifications independently while you study towards the degree. Please be aware that the following Level 2 qualifications are not accepted for entry to a Primary PGCE: Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy, Functional Skills, Key Skills in Application of Number, and Key Skills in Communication.
  • If you don’t possess A-levels and/or GCSEs and are intending to progress on to an initial teacher education qualification (PGCE), especially Primary, after completion of this degree, we would strongly recommend that you contact potential PGCE course providers to clarify what their entry requirements will be.
  • We’d love to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the programme leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. Our open days are an especially good time to visit us and find out more. (While we reserve the right to interview you or ask you to undergo other forms of assessment to determine your suitability for study, it's not our usual practice for this course.)
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Some work placements (taken during Level HE5 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you'll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you'll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

On this course, you’ll have the chance to develop specific knowledge and skills surrounding educational issues, theories of learning, equality and diversity, education policy and practice, creativity and education – and a general understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts.

In addition, as a graduate you’ll possess generic skills that are highly sought-after in a wide range of sectors, such as communication skills, providing evidence-based written and spoken arguments, ICT, research and analytical skills, problem solving and self-management.

What can I do with this qualification?

The skills and experience you develop on this course can prepare you for a range of careers working with children and young people. Some of the more obvious routes for graduates include teaching, teaching assistant, learning mentor, early years teacher and community education. Some of the key graduate employers include central government departments, community and voluntary organisations, museums, the police and probation services, social services and universities.

Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of a PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification is a popular route for education graduates. Or you may prefer to develop a deeper understanding with a master’s course in in education or a related social science, in subjects such as educational management or global educational leadership. Ultimately, you might consider a PhD in an education-related subject.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Education officer
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Educational administration
  • Educational writing
  • Careers guidance
  • Training and development
  • Quality standards
  • Community engagement
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Play therapy
  • Human resources
  • Publishing
  • Market and policy research
  • Librarianship

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

Learning and teaching on this course are supported by ‘blended learning’ – a combination of face-to-face sessions and online resources. We’ll help you develop your research skills while you mould your own approach to individual learning and independent research. You’ll also have lectures, seminars and group work to help you progress successfully.

Assessment tasks are linked to each module’s intended learning outcomes, while course assignments are based on coursework – varying from academic essays to e-discussions, presentations and seminars. Assessment tasks involve research exercises and may require you to submit reflective journals and case studies. There are also reflective activities, such as Personal Development Planning (PDP), in which using relevant theories and reflective tools will help you relate theory to practice.

All the while, we’ll provide feedback on your written assignments during tutorials and following presentations. We encourage presentations in some of the modules so you can familiarise yourself with this important experience.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • BA Research and Study Skills
  • Theory and Practice of Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • English in Schools
  • Maths in Schools
  • Being A Teacher
  • Globalisation
  • Educational Issues, Developments and Policies
  • Learners with Additional Needs
  • Classroom Cultures
  • Placement
  • Proposal
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • The Illusion of Inclusion
  • Educational Leadership
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Level threeCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level twoGuided independent study 62%, Placement/study abroad 8%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Clare Higgins
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903316

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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